I finally made some progress on my to-watch list, so I have new thoughts to share. I am also very excited because the next time I write one of these posts, I’ll be commenting on HSMTMTS S2 and I’m not emotionally prepared at all.
LOVE VICTOR (S1)
As a huge fan of Love Simon, I was anticipating a lot the release of the show inspired by it, and yet it took me almost a whole year to watch it. Love Victor is quite different, as it follows a boy from a hispanic family, moving into a new town and school, finding himself a girlfriend and falling for his coworker – who has a boyfriend. Victor had a lot more going on around him, and I found very easy to connect with his character.
Originally, I hated the idea of adding a female character just for the guy’s development as he realizes he’s in fact *not* into her, but Love Victor developed Mia a lot as a character, which I appreciated. I also adored Felix, Victor’s best friend, and he was the most hilarious and adorable part of the show.
However, I did not care *at all* for the parents’ storyline (
middle-aged people problems are just…. so boring), the acting was not the best and the script felt *so* forced at times it made me physically cringe and I also completely not bought into Victor and Benji’s romance. (Lowkey because Benji acted like a douchebag sometimes and it was a big yikes).
This show was inspired by When Dimple Met Rishi, which was why I wanted to watch it in the first place. It is quite different from the book – it’s entirely set in India and for that reason, we don’t really get to see some of my favorite aspects of the novel, which is how Dimple and Rishi learn and grow from each other’s connection with their Indian heritage.
Despite that, I still enjoyed it a lot for the most part. The main couple had a lot of chemistry, there was great representation with a disabled side character and a lesbian side character and the way it was edited/directed was super dynamic and interesting.
However, the ending of the show really frustrated me. There is an outing of a side character and the way that person’s trauma was used for “conflict” for the main couple really bothered me. I also didn’t love the amounts of bullying (it was *very* unnecessary), but I do have to admit that I am intrigued by the new love interest and lowkey shipping them too (
I’m a mess, I’m sorry).
THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (S1)
Y’all. I love this show. Honestly.
While I was excited for it, I could’ve never predicted how much I absolutely adored all episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There is so much powerful commentary in it, related to the black community in America, the symbol of Captain America for the US, what power does to people, immigration and community’s response to it, as well as amazing character development.
I already really liked Bucky and Sam’s dynamic from the other MARVEL movies and was so pleased with how they continued to be hilarious together. I also really enjoyed the villains – John Walker is fascinating and I loved to hate him; Karli and the Flag Smashers are also my favorite type of villains – the ones that the hero has to learn something from.
While I was a bit confused by the ending and I wish there was more attention given to the female characters in general, I am so happy with the show overall and anticipating season 2 pretty badly.
SHADOW AND BONE (S1)
The buzz around this show was massive and I’m so happy that it did not disappoint.
I was very surprised by the production value of the show, and a lot of effort was clearly put into it. I also did not expect that they’d be splitting so 50/50 the screen time between Alina’s arc and the Crows, which was very satisfying to see.
Overall, I found myself engaged with all the characters, even the ones I wasn’t super familiar with (
like, anything happens to Mal and I *will* die). I was a bit confused by the plot, the geography of this world, as well as some of the characters’ motivations, but the cast dynamic is so perfect and the acting so good, I could very much glance over that.
Also: Nina/Matthias are even better in the show. I am LIVING.
If you’ve watched any of these shows, let me know your thoughts. Also: what are your theories for season 2 of Shadow & Bone? (Cause it will happen, it SHALL happen!)